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" starts right now. >> megyn: fox news alert. tempers boiling about the scandal at the irs. welcome to "america live," everyone, i'm megyn kelly. we have been watching a remarkable hearing in washington, d.c. just wrapping up moments ago. both republican and democratic members of the house ways and means committee grilling the now ousted irs commissioner, booted about a couple weeks early from his job. steve miller with the blistering barrage of questions, asking him who gave the order to target conservative groups more than two years ago. challenging miller with accusation that's previously lied repeatedly to congress. when asked about this issue in prior appearances before them. and also asking whether the irs shared information on these groups improperly collected with other branches of the government. including, possibly the fbi, the atf, regulatory agencies or others. who are highlights are a dramatic day. >> these groups are then subjected to further irs investigation and document requests. irs employees later expanded their search to include groups concerned about government
. the president fires the head of the irs. caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone, the factor begins right now. >> hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. the obama administration going south fast. can it save itself that is the subject of this east coast's talking points memo. headline right now the irs scandal could be worse than benghazi as the president fires irs chief stephan miller. at this point mr. obama had to do that. >> i will do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again. by holding the responsible parties accountable, by putting in place new checks and safeguards and going forward by making sure that the laws applied as it should be in a fair and impartial way. the irs admitting it targeted conservatives. listen to this. just hours earlier, than what the president just said, jay carney was saying that the white house can't really explain how the irs corruption happened because fbi is investigating. i cannot obviously comment on the investigation that the attorney general announced the other day. what i can say is that the president
. camp. >> bill: the fired head of the irs getting grilled today on capitol hill. but as usual he knows nothing. >> i don't have names for you, mr. brady. i'm willing to try to find that out. >> bill: we have very precise irs coverage tonight and talk to a man who got hammered by that agency. >> give meme stuff. >> stuff right now. >> i'm sorry. >> bill: students are attacking teachers all over the u.s.a. but now the los angeles school district says they will no longer suspend threatening students insane? we'll have analysis. >> don't do that. >> bill: new study out of the university of california says strong men are often conservative. while weak men tend to be liberal. >> i daddy a rebel. >> is that a fair assessment? gutfeld and mcguirk. fairness weigh he in. >> bill: caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly, thanks for watching us tonight. grilling the irs. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. today the house ways and means committee questioning fired irs commissioner steve miller. one of his
transparent as it gets. we need huckabee silenced. send the irs to check his records and give him something else to worry about instead of harassing me and check his facebook time line, i am sure something is on there to tax him for. and send the drones to fly over his house. and confiscate huckabee's guns and see how he likes it when he can't go hunting anymore. and take his bass dpu tar away. no more music for huck hug and that will make him think again for challenging me. and now i need something for the media to get off of my back. hey, joe, it is the president. i need my vice-president to step up to plate for his country. i need you to do what you do best. go out and say something ridiculous in front of the cameras. let the media focus on. that ♪ tonight on huckabee. as three separate scandals rock the white house, the irs targeting the conservative groups take center stage. is this still america? is the governmento drunk on power it would turn his force and might to harass and intimidate an average american who only wants her voice and their voices heard? >> that average american is
on "the willis report," the long arm of the irs stretching further and further tonight, why they are looking for more informaon from ot just political groups, but you. also, if stocks are not your thing, how to put your money into alternative investments. and jolie took a drastic step to prevent breast cancer. we'll ask the doctor if the extreme move is te way to go. we're on th case tonight on "the willis report." ♪ >> the top story tonight, the ever-increasing scandal is targeting conservative groups is getting bigger. new details, and now eric holder ordered a criminal investigation. the inspecor general's report e early details of which touched off the scadal obtained by fox business in the hot hands right now. president obama's spokesman said he was confident knowing the white house was involved and scoffed at anycomparisons to watergate, with us now, the center of law and justice defending people agns the irs, and americans for tax reform did extensive research on the the tactics of the irs, and jennifer from americans for prosperity, which was trgeted by the irs. je
. siemens, answers. >>> issue one. irs target range. >> today secretary lu took the first step by accepting and requesting the resignation of the acting commissioner of the irs. given the controversy surrounding this audit it is important to institute new leadership. i have reviewed the treasury department watchdog's report and the misconduct it uncovered is inexcusable. it is inexcusable and americans are light to be angry about it and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the irs, given the power that it has and the he reach it has in all of our lives. >> reporter: five days after the news broke that the irs the internal revenue service had purposefully targeted for special scrutiny conservative groups like the tea party. president obama announced the resignation of the led of the agency. steven miller, a 25 year veteran of the irs, and its acting commissioner for the past six months, will step down next month. earlier in the week attorney general eric holder announced a criminal investigation to determine where the laws were broke
the irs scandal. >> irs employees singled out conservative political groups. >> the administration is under fire. >> prior to the 2012 election. >> is it all partisan politics? >> i have no patience with it. >> we had these before. where were the republicans in 2004 sfl. >> george bush had naacp audited. >> there's no targeting. >> irs commissioner was a bush appointee. >> there's absolutely no targeting. >> this is not a new program. >> this is the back and forth that happens when people apply for 501 c designation. >> take it away or make it full disclosure. >> what needs to happen next. >> the issue of talking points. >> passionate on the game with benghazi. >> the process has been a side show. >> never seen quite that look. >> the president's anger and frustration. >> this was a terrorist attack. >> focusing more on the talking points than substantive issues. >> no acts of terror will shake the resolve of this nation. >> active terror is different than a terrorist attack. >> the nation praise for those injured in this unbelievable act of terror. >> act of terror is different th
hill are really stepping up their attacks against the obama administration all over that irs extra scrutiny of conservative groups. a report by the inspector general indicates that agents with the irs began targeting conservative groups who were applying for tax exempt status, going back as early as march of 2010. cnn obtained a copy of the report which is due to be released this week. house republicans are urging president barack obama to condemn the irs for targeting groups t. groups apparently either had the words tea party in their name patriot on their applications. >> this is truly outrageous. it contributes to the profound distrust that the american people have in government. it is absolutely chilling that the irs was singling out conservative groups for extra review. >> president obama mentioned this controversy right before the start of his meeting with the visiting british prime minister. as we mentioned, david cameron sitting down with him. here's what he had to say just a few moments ago. >> as mepgsd, the president and prime minister cameron are expected to speak live
rejected calls for an irs special council, which i think is a huge mistake. meanwhile, another top irs official has stepped down. cnbc correspondent john harwood joins us now with the details. good evening, john. >> good evening, larry, the president again was trying to get past this scandal yesterday by firing the acting irs commissioner stephen mill early. today it was by rejecting calls for a special count sim. he justified that at a news conference at the white house by pointing to the inspector general's report, investigations by many committees of congress and more than. attorney general holder also announced a criminal investigation of what happened. between those investigations, i think we're going to be able to physical out exactly what happened, who wassed involved, what went wrong and we're going to be able to implement steps to fix it. >> but, of course the president is going to be right back in it again tomorrow. because the house ways and means committee whose chairman, dave kevin, i interview -- dive dave kemp and mat t baucus. he wants more answers from miller on exactl
new stories and breaking news. jon: there is new fallout from the irs scandal. because of his political beliefs. members want to testify before congress. ambassador john bolton weighs in with that. >>> plus a murder trial getting underway for a so-called female james bond accuse of killing an aspiring model. is all "happening now." jon: but, first, bombshell revelations on this wednesday. in a new inspector general's report about the irs unit that targeted tea party and other conservative groups. good morning to you, i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm jenna lee. the report blaming so-called, first line management for the problem, allowing irs workers to create a quote, be on the lookout list, targeting hundreds of conservative groups resulting for substantial delays for them. holding up their applications for tax-exempt status for years in some cases. however, con pick with usly missing from the -- conspicuously missing from the report, how the tax agency came to target the groups. specifically who ordered who to do all of this. this as the fbi launch as criminal investigation into the
of comparisons need to check their history. >> this morning, though, double trouble. the irs accused of targeting and bullying the president's critics and the fbi investigating government snooping on a news agency and even its reporters' personal calls. >>> later today lawmakers will grill the president's attorney general eric holder. now keep in mind the republican national committee has called on holder to resign although that wouldn't be the first time. holder has long been a lightning rod for criticism. >> ladies and gentlemen, will you please join me in welcoming the 82nd attorney general of the united states, eric holder? >> eric holder, america's first african-american attorney general, stirred controversy from the moment he took office. at a black history month event holder said the country remained voluntarily socially segregated. >> though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and we, i believe, continue to be in too many ways essentially a nation of cowards. >> america's first black president stood by holder, a man he n
>> michael: coming up tonight, confused republicans say if the irs had anything to do with benghazi, then by god they'll get to the bottom of it, even if they have to retap the phones of every reporter in washington. i'm michael michael shure you're in "the war room." the white house is now in a full defensive crouch battling scandals on all sides. there is the irs controversy the ongoing benghazi investigation and the department of justice tapping the associate press' phones. jay carney deserves a stiff drink after a day like day. the department of justice reportedly tapped the phones of six reporters who contributed to a story about the planned terror plot. the problem was they published the article before the administration got to make a public announcement about the incident, and the white house had asked them to wait. the ap claims the administration said there was no national security risk in publishing it so they ran it. still john brennan now director of the c.i.a. called the ap report an unauthorized and dangerous disclosure of classified information. today jay carney denie
, arrogance, or simply imcompetence? the obama administration and the irs scandal. this is "special report". >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. what has easily been the longest week of barak obama's presidency ended up with a focus today on a subject every american can relate to, taxes. the question of whether the white house had anything to do with the irs targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny. we have fox team coverage tonight with all the obama scandals. wendell goler with the story of an irs official's new job coming after more of your money over obamacare. we begin with chief congressional correspondent and the man in the hot seat on capitol hill. good evening. >> good evening. after a week of intense heat on the irs, today the agency did not back down insisting there was not a bias against conservatives. >> i resigned because as the acting commissioner, what happens in the irs, whether i was personally involved or not, stops at my desk. so i should be held accountable for what happens. >> the outgoing acting commissioner explained his upcoming departure days after a
record on the fox news channel. but go to gretawire.com, tell us what you think about the irs or about obama care, whatever you want. it's all yours good, night from washington. h good night >> kimberly: hello, i'm kimberly guilfoyle, dana perino and greg gutfeld and it's 5:00 in new york city. this is the 5:00. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> kimberly: one of the most powerful agencies in our government abused power by targeting americans for political believes. americans are demanding answers, both today congress tried to get them by holding the first hearing on the irs scandal. outgoing commissioner steven miller was asked to testify before the house ways and means committee. >> as acting commissioner i want to apologize on behalf of the irs for mistakes we made and poor service we provided. >> do you believe it is illegal for employees of the irs to create lists to targeted individual groups and citizens in this country? >> i don't believe it is. >> you know the terms tea party patriots were being used and you acknowledged they were outrageous. when you were asked about this after you were
dagen: thank you, stuart. a history of how well the irs has been used for political purposes. connell: good morning, everybody. i am connell mcshane. dagen: we learn more about the targeting of conservative groups. pressure mounting on the white house to act. connell: bernanke showing us the exit. new details on the feds plan to stop pumping money into the economy. dagen: president obama hosting britain's prime minister. we will take you there live. connell: k.t. mcfarland is just back from china where she retraced the steps of president nixon's visits. that is just ahead on markets now. ♪ connell: we will be all over this irs story. connell: we cannot forget that she is the tax reporter for years. nicole petallides at the new york stock exchange. nicole: we of gains. we have retail sales numbers that are better than expected. you are seeing a little bit of a pullback. the dow jones industrials down about 36 points right now. the tech heavy nasdaq is virtually flat right now. when you look at the dow jones industrial component, and intel and alcoa are the top. toyota motor,
state and a large chunk of the country. the irs now finds itself on the receiving end of scutny as the scand will grows. co-chair of the tea party said it is just the tip of the iceberg. and the investigation in the benghazi attack focuses on the independent review board. the house oversight committee wants ambassador pickering to tell how the obama's vow of the attack was done. hello, i am uma, live from the america's news head quarers in the nation's capitol starts right now. the growing irs scandal is putting the agency and leadership on the hot seat. the official who once led that unit targeting conservative groups has another job and one that could impact every american. she is in charge with handling the irs's implementation of obama care. >> democrats said there is no evidence that sarah ingram knew groups were targeted by the irs. but conservative groups said show was the head of the part of the agency and now sounding the alarm. this is how ingram's sal row increased and the bonuses she received when show took over the tax exemption business in two whwhere are 09. they
stories tonight. the irs and benghazi. the president called one outrageous, the other a sideshow. let's start with the outrageous. taxes, if you're honest and pay them, the best feeling you get after april 15th, is, well, that's over with. you try to believe the system is basically fair, that those progressive rates really mean something, that those irs people who go over your returns really are looking to keep people honest and they're fair about it. how else can you deal with this? this is if you don't have some basic faith in the system, you can't even do your return. so this, my progressive independent reasonably conservative friends, is how we live in this country. how we try to be good citizens. and we are the ones, we are the ones most furious about this irs story that's just come out. do those people know what they've done to undermine the basic civic faith we've all got about not being chumps, being honest at tax time? to they know what they've done to the faith of this republic and what it can do to keep us who we are? there are the right wing people out there. they love thi
concluded by saying there's no there there. we'll have more to come this hour and the other story, the irs story that the president also reacted to very strongly and with very sharp language. all ahead this hour. but this is one of those news days when the news was breaking like waves in the ocean. just one thing after the other. the largest late breaking wave of news today was about the associated press. it is a story that both broken by the "associated press," and it is a story about them, as well. in what seems to be an unprecedented action, the department of justice has written to the "associated press" informing them that the justice department has been spying on their reporters. in a big widespread open-ended way in the "a.p." got no notice about until receiving the letter. specifically the justice department says it secretly obtained two months worth of phone records for more than 20 "a.p." phone lines. includes the main a.p. numbers in washington, d.c. and hartford, connecticut, as well as the a.p. officer for reporters who cover the house of representatives. and it covers the work
the white house. president obama is about toik ma a statement on the irs controversy where officials are accused of selecting conservative groups for extra scrutiny. the president met with officials from the treasury department which oversees the irs. late this afternoon. earlier today attorney general eric holder testified about how he's ordered a criminal investigation into the irs controversy. joining me now, democratic strategist bob schumm and chris matthews. what do you want to hear from the president? >> i think reverend al, this is one area where i don't think the president has any guilt personally. any responsibility personally for what happened. he is, however, head of the executive branch. he has to offer for it. the united states government which has a certain image with certain people has a positive image with me but there are people out there on the right and the center right who don't like the government. this is an example they will argue of government malfeasance, corruption, bias, whatever. so he has to deal with it. he has to put out this fire. the way you put out
to the presidential's second-term agenda? president obama under a cloud of scandal, as congress bears down on irs officials who targeted conservative groups. >> this week confirms everything that the american public believes. this is a huge blow to the faith and trust the american people have in their government. >> the key questions now -- who initiated the targeting and why? who else in the administration knew? and why was congress misinformed for so long? with us this morning, the president's senior adviser, dan pfeiffer, the republican leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell of kentucky, and the man leading a congressional investigation into the irs, chairman of the house ways and means committee, dave camp. and later the political fallout from benghazi and the justice department seizure of phone records from the associated press. plus former secretary of defense donald rumsfeld returns to "meet the press." this time he's out of office and weighing in on the big issues in "rumsfeld's rooms: leadership lessons in politic, war and life." >> announcer: from nbc news in washington, the world's long
, on the irs targeting of conservative groups, which takes place at 9:00. the witness will include steven miller, the outgoing commissioner. if you'll also hear from the treasury inspector general for tax administration. that's at 9:00. you can watch it on c-span2, listen to it on c-span radio. a host of resources also available on c-span.org concerning the hearing. yesterday the house took its 37 votes on "the affordable re loot total repeal of the lot. it passed. yesterday looked at toll repeal of the law. if you want to call us -- you can also reach us on social media on twitter. there are more than 100 postings on this topic on facebook. if you want to send us an e- mail, also. zelboraf day travail pipa the affordable care act -- there were several write ups yesterday looking at "the affordable care act. abc news has a little bit more the breakdown of some of the details of the votes when it comes to the process. it was said that michelle bachmann called for the vote shortly before 6:30. for our first 45 minutes of this morning we will look at the vote that took place yesterday. you c
: before we go if you've had problems with the irs go to are all over it on fb. >>> this is a fox news alert. we just learned that a second top official at the irs is going to leave amid the growing scandal. internal agency memo says joseph grant, commissioner of the tax exempt and government entities division will retire on june 3rd, and the point is he will retire on june 3rd. bob beckle, dana freen know, it's 5:00 in new york city. this is "the five." >>> benghazi, the irs, the ap phone scandals. president obama is knee deep in three scandals that threaten his credibility. from the man who promised transparency, we sure don't seem to be getting very much. >> can you assure the american people that nobody in the white house knew about the agency's actions before your counsel's office found out on april 22nd? >> i can assure you that i certainly did not know anything about the ig report before the ig report had been leaked through press -- through the press. >> and it looks like attorney general eric holder is taking the cue from the boss. he was grilled on capitol hill yesterday abou
nothing about the targeting allegations of the irs. and g.o.p. lawmakers are insiferting, we will answer that, what they knew, when -- or knew nothing at all. they are vowing to, quote, get to the bottom of this. peter doocy's tracking this for us live in the bethway. good morning. >> good morning. not only does the white house say they were oblivious to the white house policies that were unfairly targeting conservingative groups, but a white house senior adviser says when the white house put a bull's-eye on parties with tea party or conservative groups, it may not have been political at all. >> look at what the inspector general said in their report and to congress on friday. 1; there is no evidence of outside influence, other than this came directly from the irs. and 2; this was not based on politically motivation. >> the house chairman thinks much, much differently than the white house advisers. this morgue, he said, not only was the irs giving the conservative groups unfair scrutiny, but they were leaking private tax information to the public -- also for political reasons. ryan is pr
today. $3.95 a trade. neil: forget benghazi nothing scares americans more than the irs, that other threat from over there, and what officials here knew, and when they whether or not you it is one thing. unleashing the force to unwitting public is there are thing, i am neil cavuto, apology not accepted, many conservative groups still mad, demanding committee hearings and more, a scandal that seems almost nixonian. the irs admitting it targeted right wing groups for amounted to nothing less than harassment. this is not the case of a few irs agents "going rogue," this is the case of irs getting orders to go after republican or republican-leaning groups, but the question is, who gave those orders, and how high up did they go. for now obama administration says they are inappropriate. you know thing are bad when mainstream media is not buying it, that tells me between benghazi and this, the white house has the makings of a mess. self-motivated, and now self-detonated, we look at far reaching implication of this. of what it says about whether irs can be trusted. to whether the add mone ad
welcome to hannity. tonight there is fresh fallout from the irs enemies list targeting conservatives. earlier today, lawmakers on capitol hill grilled the top official at the tax agency ousted commissioner steve miller during a firey hearing. now, there was several bomb shell revealations for starters during his testimony today miller admitted that the apology made last week by irs lawyer lois learner was staged. watch this. >> do you know miss celia roady a member of the advisory council on tax exempt and government entities? >> i do. >> was her question to ms. learner about targeting conservative groups planned in advance? >> i believe that we talked about that, yes. >> no, miller also acknowledged that the irs knew about the scandal in may of last year. since you were not able to watch owl of today's testimony here are some of the highlights. >> we were told no such targeting was happening. that isn't being misled. that is lying. >> this is very chilling for the american people. i know that where you are at and you are going to -- you are resigning and walking away f
>> pelley: tonight, i.r.s. political targeting was wider than we thought. we've learned the tax agency singled out more than the tea party. the president reacts. >> that is outrageous. it is contrary to our traditions. >> pelley: wyatt andrews and nancy cordes are on the i.r.s. story. the mother's day gunman opens fire and 19 are wounded. mark strassmann is in new orleans with the pictures and the manhunt. the officer gravely wounded in a shootout with the boston bombing suspects speaks for the first time to john miller. technically you kind of died. >> i did. i did die, yes. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, the scandal at the i.r.s. is growing. today we've learned its targeting of political organizations went beyond the tea party. on friday, the i.r.s. apologized for singling out groups with the words "tea party" and "patriot" in their names. but now it turns out the i.r.s. targeted other groups based on the words "constitution" and "bill of rights." the i.r.s. blamed low-level employees and said that no high
just the beginning. an irs official targeting skoust groups, now in charge of the division to set and enforce health care laws. any search bachmann is fighting back. >> eric: the irs admitted to targeting conservative groups in deciding whether they would get nonprofit status. the same group is now charged with implementing and regulating obamacare. do we trust them to do analytical a fair and balanced way? >> already the irs is most feared federal agency there is. now, they made their life worse because they understand that the american people are catching on. they have to enforce obamacare for all americans. no one will escape this death like grip of the irs. people should be worried. i'm the author of a bill to repeal obamacare. that is very important bill. it got through the house of representatives and also the chair of the tea party caucus. it wasn't just the tea party that was targeted by the obama administration through the irs. it was also christians. people that support israel. people that are pro-growth and pro jobs, anti-debt. people that are conservatives. people that
in washington. two big stories tonight. the irs and benghazi. the president called one outrageous, the other a sideshow. let's start with the outrageous. taxes, if you're honest and pay them, the best feeling you get after april 15th is, well, that's over with. you try to believe the system is basically fair, that those progressive rates really mean something, that those irs people who go over your returns really are looking to keep people honest and they're fair about it. how else can you deal with this? this is if you don't have some basic faith in the system, you can't even do your return. so this, my progressive independent reasonably conservative friends, is how we live in this country. how we try to be good citizens. and we are the ones, we are the ones most furious about this irs story that's just come out. do those people know what they've done to undermine the basic civic faith we've all got about not being chumps, being honest at tax time? do they know what they've done to the faith of this republic and what it can do to keep us who we are? there are the right-wing people out there
. president obama now admitting the irs targeted conservative groups. just moments ago the president issuing a statement saying he has just reviewed the treasury department watchdog report and he finds the findings intolerable and inexcusable. president obama also saying those responsible will be held accountable. we will have much more on the breaking news in a minute. but first. >> the irs is the collection agency of the status. >> clearly we've only started to scratch the surface of this scandal. >> the irs is the collection agency of socialism. >> can you see categorically nobody at the white house and nobody on the president's political team had any knowledge or was involved in any way in the targeting of tea party groups by the irs? >> yes. >> this is going to hit a nerve with increasing numbers of people in the public because this is something people can identify with. people understands this. >> if there was specific deliberate targeting of conservative groups or any groups inappropriately, he would be outraged. >> there's no single agency in government that has the power that the ir
, where the attorney general is set to face questions about the i.r.s. targeting of conservative groups, as house speaker john boehner says he wants those responsible behind bars. >> the irs hat at mitted to targeting conservatives, even if the white house continues to be stuck on the word "if." now my question isn't about who's going to resign. my question is, who's going to jail over this scandal? >>> can the pentagon solve its sexual assault crisis? for the second time in two weeks, a military member is accused himself. >>> and honoring heroes, president obama pays tribute to police officers killed in the line of duty. >> as tough as the losses may be, your mission does not stop. you never let down your guard, and those of you who you protect should never let slide our gratitude, either. >> we should not -- and only in the week of tragedy, we should do it every day. >>> good day. eye chris cillizza in for andrea mitchell. >>> eric holder is moments away from facing tough questions, surrounding the irs handling of conservative groups. while applications from conservative groups sat in
called for the immediate resignation of acting i.r.s. commissioner steven miller in light of the i.r.s.'s admission that it targeted conservative groups for inappropriate scrutiny. while i was willing to give mr. miller and other i.r.s. officials the benefit of the doubt until the facts were in, the treasury inspector general report released on tuesday has erased any doubts as to the severity of the misconduct and blatant incompetence in dealing with it at the highest levels of the i.r.s. i'm pleased that president obama chose to heed the call that i made and others as well by dismissing mr. miller last nig night. this is a necessary step but only a first step toward restoring the credibility and the integrity of the i.r.s. this scandal is much larger than any one official within the i.r.s. any government official who knew about the misconduct within the i.r.s. and decided not to make this information public should be held accountable. no american taxpayer should ever have to worry that a group they belong to or a view that they espouse will subject them to less favorable tax treat
wednesday morning. right now on "first look," washington awash in controversy, surrounding the irs' targeting of conservative groups, the benghazi investigation, and the attorney general's remarks about the a.p. phone records subpoena. >> i have to say this is among if not the most serious leaks i've ever seen. it put the american people at risk. and that is not hyperbole. >> reaction from across the country to angelina jolie's revelation of a double mastectomy. >>> the u.s. embassy employee allegedly involved in russian espionage. >>> accusations that tiger woods lied at the players championship. >>> and can men ever really feel what women experience during childbirth? >>> good morning. the irs scandal is getting more serious after a harsh report by the inspector-general. it finds one irs office used what it calls inappropriate criteria to single out groups for extra scrutiny. this morning, president obama is directing treasury secretary, jack loo, to find those responsible. >> reporter: good morning. here on capitol hill, the grilling is already under way to some degree. the acti
american quite like the irs. even the president's fellow democrats aren't likely to tamp down the outrage of scandal. let's check in with gloria. clearly the obama administration is scrambling to contain this thing. with today's hearing the first of several, what kind of staying power does this have? >> this irs scandal is something that every american can understand. right, carol? this is something -- >> gloria, i want to interrupt you right now. the hearing is under way. i apologize. stay with us. let's listen. >> four days later, the treasury inspector general for taxpayer administration confirmed that, and i quote, the urs used inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax exempt status. this abuse of power began as far back as 2010. this revelation goes against the very principles of free speech and liberty upon which this country was founded. the ambulate ant disregard upon which agencies, and concerns about leadership, and let's establish the facts that we do know. based on the report, we know for an 18-month period beginning in spring 2010, irs in the agency's
progressive rates really mean something, that those irs people who go over your returns really are looking to keep people honest and they're fair about it. how else can you deal with this? this is if you don't have some basic faith in the system, you can't even do your return. so this, my progressive independent reasonably conservative friends, is how we live in this country. how we try to be good citizens. and we are the ones, we are the ones most furious about this irs story that's just come out. do those people know what they've done to undermine the basic civic faith we've all got about not being chumps, being honest at tax time? do they know what they've done to the faith of this republic and what it can do to keep us who we are? there are the right-wing people out there. they love this story. this baby. they always expect the worst. they get up in the morning figuring, well, they're about to be picked up by the fema workers and taken to concentration camps, or the black helicopters of new world order, they're coming to take their guns. yes, this expect-the-worst crowd just got an ear
volley. first benghazi. then the irs. now the associated mess. the justice department being blasted after using a secret subpoena to obtain months of phone records from the associated press without the a.p.'s knowledge. >> obviously, we're distressed that the justice department felt the need to seize our records and not tell us about it. >> so the very head of the a.p. firing off a letter to attorney general eric holder, saying there's no possible justification for what the a.p. is calling a serious interference. >> accident waiting to become a nuclear event. >> so the new specter of big brother looming at the irs is being condemned by the left and by the right. a house committee planning a friday hearing to dig deeper into the tax agency's tea party probe. and in the senate mitch mcconnell said this in just the last hour. >> this morning i'm calling on the president to make available completely and without restriction everyone, everyone who can answer the questions we have as to what's been going on at the irs. who knew about it, and how high it went. >> so the white house besieged by lo
on the barbie because right about now, it is holder on the hot seat. under fire overt ap, irs, so far no one punished. the house speaker not at all pleased. >> my question isn't about who is going to resign. my question is who is going to jail over this scandal? >> to the former democratic governor of virginia, doug wilder, says the president needs to get in front of this thing and fast. but governor, he seems to be running out of time and fast. are you surprised how quickly this is escalating and even the number of critical democrats who have emerged? >> to some degree, neil. but you've got to know that as emmerson said years ago, they ride mankind. so you can't ever anticipate what's going to happen. i think what is most surprising is the lack of immediate and quick response and as you pointed out, democrats are saying themselves, wait a minute. what's going on? the election is over. it's time to govern. and i think many americans are becoming so disenchanted with politicians on both sides of the aisle, and what emanates and comes from washington, they're just sickened of it and that's bad
're moments away from a statement from president obama. he will address the irs under bipartisan siege. also late this afternoon, a benghazi downtown dump within the last hour. if that wasn't enough, the attorney general spent much of the afternoon being grilled under oath over wiretaps. three scandals with one president under fire for all of it. we have fox team coverage tonight. james rosen with the breaking details on the benghazi document dump. we're going through it all. katherine harridge with eric tolder over first amendment abuses. and mike emanuel on the call for heads to roll at the irs. let's begin there as we await the president's remarks. >> on performance-enhancing the inspector general's report on activities at the irs, house speaker john boehner is convinced this is criminal. >> the irs has admitted to targeting conservatives, even if the white house continues to be stuck on the word "if." now, my question isn't about who's going to resign. my question is, who's going to jail over this scandal? >> the inspector general blasted the irs for ineffective management, delaying the
, especially if it involves irs agents supervising large swaths of it. but leaving aside the public's rightful indignation over nosey agents, this is much bigger than the irs. this is the president's agenda itself, an agenda that now looks in tatters. if you're the white house right about now, do you seriously think you're going to have your way on almost anything now, on raising taxes again on anybody, or pushing through more green energy initiatives for any one or having the upper hand on budget matters anytime soon? now, i'm not saying the president is a lame duck, but all of these scandals have left him a badly wounded one, and the more these hearings into the irs, spying, the justice department snooping and whole agencies benghazi-revising, you've got to ask yourself something: is this the week the white house proved weak? it's trying to defense the indefensible and proved even weaker. no heart what comes of these various embarrassments, this much is clear: the president's best excuse was that he was, well, out of the loop. he has gone from hands-on to hands-off, but it is still going to
whether you like it or not. open thread vote about the irs and everything else. see you tomorrow night, good night from washington. you. [ laughter ] >> i'm greg gutfeld along our panel and dana perino. it's 5:00 in new york city and slightly balmy. >> greg: one week ago president obama said this about government. >> you have grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government is nothing more than a some sinister entity at the root of all our problems, you should reject all these voices, because what they suggest that our our unique experiment in self rule is a sham which we can't be trusted. >> greg: about those voices, first they said benghazi about and then they say the irs and now the doj. you never know with our media will put up with everything. a.p.'s editor called obama clearly distressing. that is an understatement. what can you expect president obama snooping on the a.p. is like a husband keeping tabs on his wife. why don't you trust me. after all that dirt i dug up, you still don't love me. but it's on a.p. for trusting obama. left's golden rule, all is permiss
committee on the irs scandal is getting under way. among those set to testify is steven miller who was ousted as a acting commissioner days ago and the treasury inspector general. we have more from capitol hill, and what we can expect from this important hearing? >> that is right, david. it is an important hearing and our chance to hear from steven miller who was the director of the irs who was dumped by this week. and also we will hear from the inspector general who wrote the report that said that the irs had been politically targeting specific tea party and other groups for specific unnecessary criticism and skepticism about the tax-exempt status. this is what russell george said. the irs used inappropriate criteria that identified for review tea party and other organizations applying for tax exempt at the status based upon their names or policy politicians instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention. this says that they were targeting groups op purpose and not comparing other liberal groups to the same scrutiny. we have not been given anned a vns copy of
allegations in this growing controversy over irs targets of conservative dproups a as more and more religious organizations are claiming they, too were subjected to intense scrutiny by the taxman. good morning i'm jamie colby and it is great to have you. kelly it's great to have you too. >> kelly: i am kelly wright. welcome to news headquarters. they are set to grill a top irs watchdog as a focus and intensity of the investigation ramps up. now these new complaints from religious groups are getting quite serious attention. elizabeth pranm has who are details on on this. >> reporter: among the claims the irs says conservative groups or patriots in their titles while applying for tax exempt status. agency may have paid specific attention to religious organizations. according to religion news service biblical recorder a baptist news and billy graham organization was targeted back in 2012 and catholic league says it was targeted after the 2008 election. at the time the irs claimed that intervened in the political campaign. the catholics united education fund claims it languished for years before
today congress tried to get them by holding the first hearing on the irs scandal. outgoing commissioner steven miller was asked to testify before the house ways and means committee. >> as acting commissioner i want to apologize on behalf of the irs for mistakes we made and poor service we provided. >> do you believe it is illegal for employees of the irs to create lists to targeted individual groups and citizens in this country? >> i don't believe it is. >> you know the terms tea party patriots were being used and you acknowledged they were outrageous. when you were asked about this after you were briefed that was the answer i gave snus how can we conclude you mislead the committee? >> i did not. >> can you assure this committee that none of this information by was shared or given to any other federal agency? >> i would be shocked, congressman, if that happened. >> kimberly: i think they are just getting started. i would say this is the tip of the iceberg. >> eric: yesterday, we ran the soundbite of eric holder. the sound on tape montage, i don't know, i don't know. i can't say. i don't
it lative portion of the term. yesterday, blamed lapses in the irs on the bureaucrats. saying the fact that employees singled out groups was because of bad management, not political motives. the inspector general's report says the quote inappropriate criteria was used for 18 months in targets groups for review. it resulted in unnecessary information requests. the report blames insufficient oversight by irs management, but quotes irs supervisors as saying no one outside the irs asked the conservative groups, get the extra scrutiny. the report also reveals that some applications were delayed and have remained open for years. most were never denied. yesterday at a news conference, attorney general eric holder promise promised an investigation. >> i think as everyone can agree, if not criminal, they were outrageous and unacceptable, but we are examining facts to see if there were criminal violences. >> and although the report beats the living daylights out of the middle managers, it's unlikely to satisfy the political anger out there. on tuesday, republicans were as energized and focused a
wild white house edition. >> the acting commissioner of the irs is out. >> someone needs to be held responsible. >> my question isn't about who's going to resign. >> there are calls for more heads to roll. >> my question is, who's going to jail? >> culture of corruption. every day a new eruption. >> someone needs to be imprisoned. >> americans are right to be angry about and i am angry about it. >> you don't have to be sherlock holmes. >> the irs was all about electing obama. >> it should not matter what political stripe you're from. the irs has to operate with absolute integrity. >> the president called them tea baggers. he said he wanted to punish his enemies. >> when citizens fear the government, there is tyranny. >> the internal revenue service will be the enforcing mechanism of obama care. >> it's clear they were on a jihad. >> bureaucracy on spring break gone wild. >>> good afternoon. we begin with a scandal that is gripping the republican party as they try to gauge just how far they can stretch the parameters of controversy that are troubling the white house. at this hour, th
done? >> it is absolutely not illegal. >> it is not illegal what the irs has done. >> so let me understand the question, what is your statement as to what is illegal? >> do you believe it is illegal for employees of the irs to create lists to target individual groups and citizens in this country? >> i think the treasury inspector general indicated it might not be. others will be able to tell na. >> what do you believe? >> i don't believe it is. >> there were empassioned statements by pennsylvania's mike kelly. >> i just think the american people have seen what's going on right now in their government this is an outreach and i yield back. >> also, importantly, we learn from the treasury inspector general today that the deputy secretary, was told about the i.g. audit last june 2012 before the election. so did the irs do itself any favors? today's hearings? today we begin with bob cos is that, the national review. what itself the headline here in. >> the treasury knew in june of 2012, they may be targeting conservative groups and they didn't tell the public. that's the headline, la
is about none. if investigators find a white house influence on just is department or irs on this situation that could hurt democrat chances of taking house or holding senate next year's midterms, they can be referendums on the president. will have a impact on his agenda, if you lose law make freres both side, too -- makers from both sides, that farm offensive, that could become problematic, that seemed like an area where there could be a bipartisan achievement to get something done. president as leader it could be problematic. neil: rich edison thank you. >> tomorrow we might get an indication it all hits fan, house, ways and means committee holding a hearing into this mess. and kansas senator pat roberts sits on that committee with a lot of questions and consents, what do you want to know? >> i want to know why they lied to me, i want to know why i have a letter in my hand i senne clear back in july, i did not get a respond until 9/11 of all dates, i asked specifically, was there any targeting, steve miller. the man who president asked jack lew to ask him to resign, he is still there he
to demand next. on the i.r.s., one head has finally rolled. does that mean this whole thing is over? we'll talk about that and more right here on current tv. to the fire. are you encouraged by what you heard the president say the other night? is this personal, or is itcal? a lot of my work happens by doing the things that i'm given to doing anyway, by staying in touch with everything that is going on politically and putting my own nuance on it. in reality it's not like they actually care. this is purely about political grandstanding. i've worn lots of hats, but i've always kept this going. i've been doing politics now for a dozen years. (vo) he's been called the epic politics man. he's michael shure and his arena is the war room. >> these republicans in congress that think the world ends at the atlantic ocean border and pacific ocean border. the bloggers and the people that are sort of compiling the best of the day. i do a lot of looking at those people as well. not only does senator rubio just care about rich people, but somehow he thinks raising the minimum wage is a bad idea for t
opresscorps on irs scandala direct question about whether anyone in white house knew of irs targeting of conservative groups before the inspector general a report was leaked. >> let me make sure that i answer a specific question. um, i can assure you that i certainly did not know anything about the igrespect, before the risk g reportheig report had bee press. lou: some might consider that an artful dodge for the president, but it seems to be more evasion, and deflect, and hardly a straight answer, that leads to us treasury department, and internal revenue service. acting irs commissioner stephen miller was first informed on may 3 of last year, about his agency's practice of targets conservatives, and tea party groups applying for tax exempt status, miller failed to inform congress for more than a year even as he wrote numerous letter to congress in which he explained how tax exempt approval, the process, worked. treasury secretary jack lew. did not speak about the irs admission for 5 days. he waited 5 days before making any sort of comment to the american people, and state department,
amendment lawyer. >>> eric holder set to speak in just a few moments. >>> the a.p. scandal, the irs targeting of conservative groups and benghazi. republicans see a trifecta. >> over the past few days, we've heard many in the media talk about how this has been a rough week for the administration. that's true, it's been a worse week for the first amendment. >> last night, president obama shared his frustration with wealthy donors in manhattan. >> i sure want to do some governing. want to get some stuff done. i don't have a lot of time, i've got three and a half years left and it goes by like that. >>> at the shore, prince harry and chris christie. meet new jersey residents hit hard by superstorm sandy. plus, why did angelina jolie undergo a double mastectomy? a top breast cancer doctor joins us to talk about genetic testing. >>> and ouch -- last season's rookie of the year, the nationals' bryce harper becomes the talk of the senate after a frightening face-first collision with a fence. >> he's chasing a ball at full speed and runs into the wall full speed. i talked to his mom and dad
that president obama doesn't know these i.r.s. people does him no good. the u.s. government serves the people and he is the one in charge. when the cincinnati office of the i.r.s. goes rogue, it's his job to show who is boss. why didn't he jump on it. taking charge. this president and his democrat alies need to show they own the i.r.s. story. and finally, told you so. the writers said again and again the government is no good. does this ineptitude from targeting the tea party to targeting the "associated press" cause for mitch mcconnell to grab control of the senate. i'm chris matthews. th us today, howard fineman, gloria borger, hunt hunt and -- kasie hunt, david ignatius. they may have resonated out in the country this week, passive, leading from behind. the opponents have ramped it up to challenge the president's very integrity. here is the republican chairman of the house ways and means committee on friday charging a white house culture of cover-ups. >> it seems like the truth is hidden from the american people just long enough to make it through an election. the american people have a ri
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here in "the situation room." the president speaking on the irs scandal from the white house in about 35 minutes or so from now. we'll have live coverage when the president makes his statement on the irs. that's a whole separate scandal. we'll get into that in a moment. let me bring up dana bash up on capitol hill. dana, we're watching all of these investigations unfold, the benghazi investigation, the irs investigation, the associated press phone conversations investigation. there are three at the same time. it's almost unprecedented at least in my opinion having covered washington for a long time for three such investigations to be brewing at the same time. i know you're standing outside the speaker's office, john boehner. he and other republicans have been asking the white house to release all of these e-mails involving the so-called benghazi talking points. now they have been released. are we getting any reaction yet from republicans up on the hill? i think we may have lost dana, unfortunately. but she is standing outside the speaker's office. as we know, the speaker and others ha
tonight with two irs scandals. one that is positively roiling the beltway and the country and another that has received so little attention it might as well be a secret. the president today responded to the scandal everyone's heard about, the one that broke open. when the irs admitted the agency targeted for extra scrutiny conservative and tea party groups seeking nonprofit status. >> this is pretty straightforward. if, in fact, irs personnel engaged in the kind of practices that had been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous. and there's no place for it. and, they have to be held fully accountable. i've got no patience with it, i'll not tolerate it and we'll make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this. >> the president taking the position pretty much all reasonable people are taking on this scandal, which is that it's outrageous that a government agency would be targeting political groups based on ideology. it's unacceptable and the sort of thing that cannot be allowed to happen in this country. but that scandal does not
has trouble on three fronts as you may know. the irs illegally investigating conservatives. the assassination of libyan ambassador christopher stephens still not defined after eight months. and the justice department secretly obtaining the phone records of some journalists. today, the president met with the turkish prime minister who looked a little confused and then answered questions about the three controversies. we begin with the irs deal. >> i'm outraged by this in part because, look, i'm a public figure. if a future administration is starting to use the tax laws to favor one party over another or one political view over another, obviously we are all vulnerable. >> bill: okay. mr. obama fired the irs acting director last night and replaced him today with another bureaucrat. but there is deep suspicion in some circles that the liberal obama administration created an atmosphere where far left zealots in the irs were basically unsupervised. they could do what they want. that's a hard charge to prove but, there is no question that mr. obama's administration is ideological.
. >>> already taking heat for the benghazi response and the the irs targeting of conservatives the obama administration today faced growing outrage for collecting the phone records of a.p. journalists. then the attorney general eric holder dropped a bombshell saying the subpoenas were in response to an extraordinary leak that posed the great threat. he said to the american people. let's go straight to our crime and justice correspondent joe johns for the latest. >> reporter: wolf, the justice department's sweeping subpoena of media telephone records was just highly unusual especially in a town like washington d.c. where you know the exchange of sensitive information is purely part of the fabric. but the attorney general made the case today that the leak of sensitive information that started this investigation was extraordinary in and of itself. the top law enforcement officer in the country says a leak of sensitive information was so serious that the justice department was justified in issuing a sweeping subpoena for telephone records from reporters and an editor of the associated press
to say about the irs. your favorite department, right? favorite agency? good night from bad wad back here tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. eastern. them. leftovers. >> bill: the o'reilly factor is on. tonight: transparency and the rule of law will be the touch stones of this presidency. >> wow. what happened to that? the obama administration is now stonewalling three separate controversies. and it is paying a terrible price. >> how does the president say with a straight face americans who trust their government? >> bill: tonight, we will report on all the controversies with bob beckel, kirsten powers, dennis miller, james rosen, and carl cameron. >> bill o'reilly wants to know how you think the country is doing right now. >> it's a longer discussion than a red carpet. bill buy the world stunned by actress angelina jolie underwent a double mastectomy. a close friend of ours did that as well. we will talk about e.d. hill about her discussion. >> late breaking news. the president fires the head of the irs. caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone, the factor begins right now.
? >>> president obama says the acting irs commissioner is out. white house in damage control mode. what big steps might they take to do more than just stop the bleeding? >>> devastation in texas. at least six people are dead. another dozen or so are still missing and many more injured after a tornado tore through the area. >>> in afghanistan, a suicide car bomber kills 16 people including six americans. it comes after months of relative quiet and it comes from a group that's not the taliban. good morning from new york. very busy thursday, may 16th, 2013. later this hour we'll talk to florida senator marco rubio about everything going on in washington. does it have an impact on immigration? we'll have details of a note that accused boston bomber left in that backyard boat about his motives. let's go to this live press conference that's happening in texas. take a listen. >> i don't really have next time to say that we'll get together and do a press conference but we've been asked about doing a tour out to the scene so we're going to have a bus available. i don't want all of the big trucks. we don't
: the targeting of the irs by the tea party and other conservatives. >> was the irs using inappropriate criteria in its review of organizations applying for tax exempt status? yes. was the irs delaying their applications? yes, and finally, did the irs ask unnecessary and inappropriate questions of applicants. again, yes. >> it was inadvertent. just some odd underlings out of cincinnati that did this and there was no political motive whatever involved. the question is how stupid do they think we are? >> geraldo: stupid or crafty, the second scandal plaguing the administration is still the spin the state department put on benghazi. >> ongoing obsession with talking points and benghazi and the attempts to politicize that. constitute a side show driven interests.or largely by >> the fact that the state department was intimately involved in this and they were taking out factual information because they were worried about the political ramifications of that, i think that is a pretty important point. >> geraldo: and perhaps the most important point or at least the scandal closest to home for working re
talking points, the irs controversy the administration is trying to diffuse the backlash. welcome everybody, good morning. live in "america's newsroom". i'm bill hemmer. martha: it sure is. welcome, everybody. i'm martha maccallum. president obama as you saw last night ordered some big changes at the irs. he wanted to make sure unfair misconduct never happens again there. let's look at some of that. >> it is inexcusable and americans are right to be angry about it and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the irs. given the power it has and the reach it has in all of our lives. martha: here's what they have done. irs workers admitted they targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny as they applied for tax-exempt status. the agency's acting commission was gone. a lot of talk he was on the way out any way. we'll get to more of that later. there have been a lot of developments since the story first broke. here what we know. it started three years ago back in 2010 when the irs began inappropriate screening for conservative g
questions on those stories including number one, that the irs has now admitted that it inappropriately targeted groups with conservative, political leanings. we are now hearing that the acting irs commissioner actually knew about this for a year. soon he will have to answer on to a growing list of congressional committees that are investigating the matter. how did the acting head know about it for a year and president obama tells us yesterday he learned about all of this from a news report on friday? like the rest of us? how can that be? this comes less than 24 hours that from reports that the doj grabbed months of phone records from the associated press is what is being called an unprecedented intrusion into the freedom of the press. eric holder department's taking records from multiple ap offices. we believe they were subpoenaed and obtained but without any noticed to the ap. getting records from nearly 2 dozen phone lines and countless journalists their home phones, their cellphones, the records of everyone they called because eric holder or his deputies wanted to know with whom the
the irs and spying on the press by the department of justice. as an often sympathetic press corps in a lather not seen since george bush sat in the white house. wendall goler begins our coverage. >> pressed over missteps by the justice department and irs and lingering questions over the benghazi tragedy, spokesman jay carney denied the white house was under siege? >> absolutely not. we are focused the things that we can do to help the middle-class. the things we can do to help the economy forward. >> reporter: there were questions in which he largely declined to answer questions about the justice department collecting the phone records of a.p. reporters? >> in this situation where the department appears to be conducting a criminal investigation, it would be wholly inappropriate for me to have answers to the questions. >> reporter: they were trying to find out who leaked information about a failed al-qaeda plot. the president just found out about it last week. >> what about calling up eric holder and what happened? >> a great deal prevents the president from doing that. imagine the
. >> this is a fox news alert. there are breaking developments tonight out of washington regarding the irs enemy's list scandal. a short time ago fox news learned that a second top official at the tax agency has announced plans to resign. now for the latest on the fallout surrounding the scandal and much more we head to washington. doug, what's the latest? >> the second ira executive to announce his plans to retire is joseph grant, commissioner of the tax-exempt entities division. he's an 8-year vet and former staffer of the house ways and means committee. that's the tax writing committee on the house side. surprisingly he was promote today his position only eight days ago, two days before the scandal broke. previously he worked for the democratic majority of the powerful ways and means committee. under the former illinois congressman. irs employeesed thousands to causes but two-thirds benefited democrats and liberal leaning organizations. one of those donors was douglas shulman. he was a george bush appointee and contributed $5,000 in 2004. the first hearing on the irs scandal commences tomorro
>> we'll see you tomorrow. >> the tax man in trouble. growing calls to investigate irs after the agency, which is supposed to remain neutral, admits to targeting conservative groups right before the 2012 election. organization using t names patriots or tea party in their application for tax exempt status were flagged for further review. the irs now apologizing, but the bigger issue developing. this is the same agency set to enforce the new health care law. someone here says watch out. folks opposing obamacare could be the next target. hi, everyone. i'm brenda buttner. this is "bulls and bears." here they are. gary, tobin, jonas, john, and david. nice to have you. welcome to everybody. toby, you said based on history, anyone who goes against the health care law should be ready for an audit? >> yeah. the history started with kennedy. get back to his enemies. there was audits. nixon is famous for this. it's been a historical per view of the president to go after his or her enemies with audits. by the way, that is about the biggest way you can get to somebody's face and this type
they asked about rumors of bias against conservative groups three times and the irs replied with denials of any knowledge of that kind of policy five times. >> peter with the very latest in washington. we'll be talking about this quite a bit. thank you. eric. >> also dominating this weekend's headlines, the mounting questions for the white house as the country now learns the administration's official story on the terror attack that killed those four americans in benghazi. turned out it was heavily revised. twelve different changes made to the talking points delivered by united states ambassador susan rice when she explained on five sunday affairs programs that the attack was a spontaneous demonstration prompted by that youtube video. this as new e-mails revealed the white house was involved in some of those revisions leading to charges that the white house tried to mislead the country. it denies doing that intentionally and denies any political motivation. for someone at the highest levels of white house debates in previous white house we turn to him, i don't know bolton, fox contributor
want to ask you about the irs. can you assure the american people that nobody in the white house knew about the agency's actions before your council office found out on april 22 and when they did find out do you think you should have learned about it before you learned about it, as you said last friday. also, are you opposed there being a special council appointed to lead the justice department investigation. and mr. prime minister, what is the status on the efforts to normalize relations with israel? do you still plan to go to gaza in the coming weeks? >> with respect to the irs, i spoke to this yesterday, my main concern is fixing a problem. we began that process yesterday by asking and accepting the resignation of the acting director there. we will be putting in new leadership that will be able to make sure that following up on the things and gather up the facts, those who have taken these outrageous actions. as i said last night, it is just simply unacceptable for there to be even a hint of partisanship for ideology when it comes to the application of our tax laws. i'm going ask f
for a body in motion. >>> if you've got the irs operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous, it is contrary ri to our traditions and people have to be held accountable and it's got to be fixed. >> president insisted those responsible will be held accountable as you heard. senate democrats including majority leader reid are now joining republicans in expressing outrage and the retiring chairman of the senate finance committee says his committee will investigate this quote outrageous abuse of power. >>> on syria, the president and prime minister have condemned the violence. >> we'll continue work to establish the facts around the use of chemical weapons in syria. >> syria's history is being written in the blood of her people and it is happening on our watch. there is no more urgent international task than this. >> we'll talk about the tonal differences between cameron and obama. >>> and the whole issue of this, of talking points frankly throughout this process, has been a side show. suddenly three days ago, this gets spun up as if t
in controversy surrounding the irs's targeting of conservative groups, benghazi investigation and attorney general's very serious remarks about the ap phone records subpoena. >> i have to say this is among if not the most serious it is within the top two three, most serious leaks that we've seen. it put the american people at risk and that's not hyperbole. >> reaction from all across the country, angelina jolie's revelation of a double mastectomy. >> an american arrested in espionage. >> accusations that tiger woods lied at the players championship. >> can men ever feel what women experience during child birth? "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for wednesday, may 15th. >>> good morning. the irs scandal is getting more serious after a harsh report from the inspector general. it finds one irs office used what it called an inappropriate criteria to single out nonprofit conservative groups for extra scrutiny. nbc tracie potts is live in washington with the latest. busy tiles and now they're looking for those responsible. >>> exactly, and we knew this would hap
boehner who just yesterday asked not who is going to lose their jobs over the irs mess, but who is going to jail. peter, let's start with that developing news that we just got in the last few minutes concerning the irs scandal and the fact that we could have a new person named head in a brief period of time, maybe later today. >> that's exactly right. i just learned that the president will appoint a new acting irs commissioner this week according to the white house. that person, of course, will replace the present acting irs commissioner, steven miller, would just yesterday the president announced said he would resigned as he was asked to by treasury secretary jack lew at the urging of president obama. we don't know anything more specific about whether a permanent irs commissioner would be named. senior administration officials acknowledge that will be a tough process. they have to find somebody pretty good to fill this role that we'll be able to get through confirmation on the hill. but they recognized the need for that person to be someone who has bipartisan support, a top cop type of
the wind and rain pummel him for our entertainment purposes. >> one more on the irs. is the president concerned? >> you said the -- >> about the allegations. >> allegations of what, sorry? >> should those officials be punished? >> i appreciate the effort to generalize the -- >> what stopped the president from picking up a phone? >> does it involve multiple months? >> is the president at all concerned? >> thank you for that question. >> on benghazi, are you willing to release the e-mails? >> what role did the white house play? >> i've answered this question several times. i'm happy to answer it again, if you let me. >> that still doesn't antibiotics the question. >> can you answer my question. >> there's one more thing. >> thank you for that question. thank you for the question. i appreciate the effort to generalize the question. >> what about you? have you dreaded this week's previews more than any other. >> it's a personal question and a great question. in this case, i actually do. it may sound odd, but i enjoy coming out here when it is challenging, because i think that this is a po
by that. that will do it? >> if you are outraged by the evidence coming o that of the irs was bng used as an idea logical enforcer, you may be outraged that some of those responsible for paid bonuses at work with your tax dollars. i am dave asman. what a week. we'll go with moshing an and mike and sabringa and rick. >> rick, this is usually steve forbes job but do you believe that the individuals who skewed up deserve bon us. >> i feel the need to talk flat tax. i think the bon idea is a bad idea particularly as it a ployed to the irs. remember when we have had a situation with private insurance companies and they are bonusingadjustors and paying them to deny claims. i have a similar problem with irs agents paid to colct more money. i tellou the great surprise. >> orust screw up. >> or screw up. you know who favors bonusing the federal -- the heritage foundation. >> you are an agent of the heritage foundation? >> i have been accued of many. from james, the senior economist. we should shift the distribution from base pay to bonus. >> mike, lois learner who was in charge of the tax exemp
minutes after the hour. yes, indeed, i want the i.r.s. to be tough. i want the i.r.s. to go after tax cheats. i would suggest the i.r.s. might want to start with the companies that take jobs overseas then don't pay tacks on the profits they're making overseas. i would like to start with the oil companies and the big cruise lines and the big banks that are recording record profits and not paying any on profits. the way they're doing it. going after these -- conservative right wing political organizations. some of whom may deserve -- but making that their sole purpose going after groups that have constitution somewhere in their title or -- they just -- there's no defending it. there's just no defending it. >> we're on twitter at bpshow. you can find us there. rahm says the i.r.s. is out of line. but so are the tax-exempt statuses where are the whistle-blowers for that nonsense? >> bill: i agree. you can't target one side of the political aisle. >> dynamite guy says maybe the tea baggers should quit with all of the anti-tax, anti-government talk. what did they expect? >> bill: anti-tax t
'm gretchen carlson. another i.r.s. bombshell. the woman overseeing the targeting of conservative groups now in charge of obamacare for the i.r.s. think that is a coincidence? we will report and you decide. >>steve: the hits keep coming. brand-new reports, the department of justice just lost two known or suspected terrorists. and they could have been on the last flight you were on. they could be on your flight later today. >>brian: they might be my neighbor. >>steve: what happened? we'll try to put it all together for you. >>brian: sorry for interrupting you. an exclusive look at a convicted killer. jodi arias's jail cell as she awaits her fate. pink sheets. number clippings and a cat? we'll take you inside. >>steve: a cat? sorry for interrupting. >>brian: we're even. "fox & friends" starts now. >>steve: what kind of a jail do you get to keep a cat in? >>gretchen: i don't know. i'm not sure i'd want to wake up to that noise. >>brian: i'm more of a dog guy. >>gretchen: how about some nice little lull-a-bye music. >>brian: like trace adkins? >>gretchen: yes. >>brian: he's getting taller. >>gre
the head of the irs. >>> also, the whole benghazi scandal, the months-long scandal went away today. >>> the attorney general got grilled for four solid hours today, and today at grand central station in new york city, iran and america wrestled. and it was not a metaphor. there was actual physical wrestling in the train station. >>> also, there was a mystery toddler today in washington. watch this. watch for the toddler. >> we'll do that, and given the relationship you and i have mr. former chairman, we'll try to get back to you in a more timely fashion than we did on that first one. >> than a year, appreciated. >> gentleman from north carolina, mr. watt. >> mr. attorney general, i'm going to just ask you a couple questions -- >> hey, who's the toddler? north carolina congressman mel watt, who did have questions for the attorney general, but who most of all will be remembered as the guy who brought the adorable toddler who's apparently named niko into the middle of the washington maelstrom today. hi, niko, god bless him. that was my favorite moment of the day in an unbelievably pack
want to get to the irs. congressman rogers briefly. >> nobody is calling for military action in syria. who one. >> what are key calling for? >> there are great options and you know those. this is not something we should be arguing about. the arab league partners lost confidence in the united states. they are asking us not to be on the ground. they don't want our groups on the ground. they hee need help coordinatine efforts. the problem is they are getting to places we don't want them to go. >> i'm sorry i just got to sea. >> chris: real quick. >> the administration is doing that and coordinating with the arab league. you and i met with king abdull la and others they are working with the whose and they are involved not the discussion. >> chris: we he could continue this conversation but i want to get both of you on the record about the irs. dramatic developments this week. only a limited time. the irs admits that it targeted tea party, other conservative patriot groups that had that in their name for extra scrutiny and now turns out today new reports that some officials within the irs
. >> that's thomas pickering of course. front two, the growing scandal, i think a very big one over the irs and its targeting of tea party groups, targeting that may have dated back to 2011. >> do these people not remember the nixon administration? >> it's unspeakable and the president of the united states, the head of the administration, the head of this government needs to come out today and condemn this. >> joining me this hour a number of people. nbc news white house correspondent peter alexander, white house reporter for politico and richard wolf, executive editor of msnb contract.com. we're going to get to everything. i think the irs is the big story. peter, i'm dismayed by the white house continuing to say a few bad apples out there in cincinnati when we're learning that it was washington, the irs itself, that ordered this review of these right-wing organizations. my question is can they isolate this to a few civil servants in cincinnati? or is this an irs-wide issue o an administration-wise issue? >> it appears the president's position is they want this inspector general's report, t
national news, well, it's not paranoia if the irs is really out to get you. the agency apparently singled out conservative groups, enemies of the president, but the president says he first learn birthday it friday when the story broke. and those taxmen seen headed under the bus. >>>nd the money lead. the cozy relationship between banks and the credit agencies that rate them. a key factor of the financial meltdown in 2008, experts say. senator al franken says it's still going on and he's our guest. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. the verdict is in. dr. kermit gosnell is guilty of three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of babies born alive in his abortion clinic in philadelphia. also he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of a woman who came to him as an abortion, 21 counts of aborting 24 weeks or older and 211 counts of violation of informed consent. whenever we discuss this case, we have to warn viewers that the details are brewsome. gosnell ran a cruel abortion clinic until the feds raided it in 2010 on violations of drug violations. prosecutors
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